I recently published an article highlighting the best men’s shampoos on the market. Since then, I received a lot of feedback from my viewers who were now able to find products tailored to their specific needs. And interestingly enough, I received an abundant number of requests for a follow-up feature pointing out the best men’s conditioners. I feel like conditioners need to be presented in a different light because its mission is to enhance and protect hair. More to the point, today, mens conditioners spawn a whole new vital part of your grooming regime.
First of all, I’m glad you guys are taking enough care to both shampoo and condition your hair. Many American men think that shampoo alone can do the trick but I beg to differ. It is important to know that conditioner helps make hair softer and easier to manage —by removing dead skin cells, sweat, and even yesterday’s hair product. It’s an absolutely essential hair care item of great importance in maintaining self-confidence and self-care. So without further ado, here are the best conditioners for men on the market in 2022.
Blu Atlas: –Traditional conditioners have worked so well thanks to their crafty blending of numerous chemicals and synthetics into one bottle. These days, brands have begun to ditch the chemicals in favor of natural ingredients, but their results have been less than stellar. Blu Atlas’ product is #1 on my list because it’s both 100% natural and highly effective.
This conditioner is free of toxic chemicals like parabens and sulfates and instead features a unique cocoa butter and aloe juice combination. The cocoa butter deeply penetrates your hair to nourish it and make it soft. Meanwhile, the aloe’s fatty acids work to strengthen your hair. The result is a superb conditioner that soothes your scalp, repairs hair damage, and locks in moisture, all via a 100% natural formula. Show some love to your hair and the environment with Blu Atlas’ cutting-edge conditioner.
Sachajuan: This conditioner by Sachajuan is especially useful for guys who are looking to add texture and volume to your hair. Its thickening technology is going to provide loads of nutrients and nourishment, making your hair thicker, shinier, and healthier than ever. This conditioner also actively protects hair from UV rays and heat.
Sunlight and high temperature are highly damaging to our hair (and skin), and you should try to shield yourself from them whenever possible. But with this Sachajuan conditioner, you’ll get UV and heat defense, all without having to purchase an additional product. With a paraben-free and vegan-friendly formula, this conditioner is also doing its part to help the environment.
Vaughn Acord-Vaughn Acord’s high-profile client list includes Bruce Springsteen, Tom Brady, and Al Pacino. He’s something of an authority in men’s hair care, and I just had to include one of his conditioners on my list. This Energizing Conditioner is ultra-lightweight and will effortlessly hydrate your hair and have it ready for post-shower styling. The constituent green tea provides a mountain of antioxidants to strengthen and protect your hair, while the saw palmetto soothes the scalp. And that cool, refreshing feeling on your head is the peppermint oil, which increases blood circulation and stimulates hair growth. I also like the Desert Lime scent in this product – it’s a unique and refreshing fragrance.
Jack Black- I love this Nourishing Hair & Scalp Conditioner from Jack Black because it kills two birds with one stone. Far too often, conditioners will focus on hair treatment, all but ignoring what the hair is attached to. Healthy scalps are just as important as healthy hair, and the folks at Jack Black know this.
I especially appreciate the inclusion of pro-vitamin B5, which helps to thicken hair while also allowing it to retain moisture. And the silk protein and jojoba oil will only add to the dryness-relieving properties of the B5. Lastly, the inclusion of basil is uncommon but more than welcomed, as basil is packed with antioxidants that will protect your hair and scalp from environmental stressors. With this conditioner, Jack Black proves yet again why they’re an industry leader in men’s grooming.
Huron-When applied, this conditioner by Huron has lotion-like qualities. It also touts a vegan-friendly formula that leaves out harmful agents like phthalates, silicones and aluminum, while the packaging is 100% recyclable. To remain so effective without the bad stuff, Huron employs biotin and wheat protein to help strengthen your hair.
As a plus, biotin is also believed to help reduce hair loss. I should also mention the use of argan oil, which is jam-packed with fatty acids and vitamin E to provide deep moisture and nourishment to your hair and skin. Thanks to their responsible business practices, as well as their highly effective products, I’m not surprised to see Huron quickly making a name for themselves in the men’s grooming world.
Blind Barber-Blind Barber are actually developed by real barbers. Nobody knows hair better than the people who cut and style it for a living, so it’s a natural fit to have barbers producing hair products. I also like this conditioner because it’s a really powerful detangler. If you have a mop of thick, curly hair, then this is the product for you. Blind Barber detangles hair by strengthening it, as healthy hair doesn’t tangle as much.
The rooibos tea and hops are a dynamic combination that quickly remove dead skin cells from your head while enriching your scalp with vitamins and nutrients. In their wake, these two ingredients leave healthy and untangled hair. Get yourself some barber-quality treatment with this Lemongrass Tea Conditioner from Blind Barber.
Every Man Jack -Okay, so this is a shampoo that thoroughly cleans your hair, but it’s also a conditioner that nourishes and moisturizes it as well as almost any conditioner on this list. As you might have guessed from the name, the star ingredient in this Every Man Jack product is hemp (hemp seed oil, to be specific).
Hemp in fact has seemingly unlimited uses. For hair, it’s remarkably effective at strengthening hair fibers to leave your mane thicker, stronger, and healthier than before. Another ingredient in here is the classic shea butter, which adds layers of moisture that our hair and heads need to thrive. Like all Every Man Jack products, you can expect a naturally-derived formula free of parabens and animal testing.
Gage for Men—My favorite part about this Gage conditioner is the fresh menthol. After you get done rubbing this product throughout your hair and rinsing it out, your head and scalp are going to feel cool and relieved. But menthol does more than to just soothe your scalp; it’s a well-known vasodilator. In plain English, that means it will increase your blood circulation, thereby opening up your follicles and leading to further hair growth.
Plus, menthol just smells clean and refreshing. And to promote further hair growth, GAGE has included celery seed extract in this formula. Massage a small amount of this Daily Conditioner into your hair, rinse thoroughly, and sure enough, you’ll feel the true power of GAGE’s formula.
Courtesy of Maapilim
I can’t tell what I like more: the woodsy scent of this conditioner or how good it is at hydrating hair. In all honesty, I suppose I like both qualities just the same. Maapilim employs jojoba oil to clean your hair while balancing oil production.
Jojoba oil has long been known for its hydrating and pH-balancing characteristics, making it a no-brainer to include in conditioners. And to provide extra notes of softness to your hair and scalp, Maapilim has included argan oil in this product. A lot of conditioners out there add hydration to your scalp by essentially making it more greasy. That’s not the case with this product, and that is why I’ve put it on this list.
Brickell—Brickell has all kinds of hair and facial products that I like, but this conditioner is especially worth mentioning. This formula uses organic aloe and avocado oil to provide nourishment and a wave of moisture to your hair.
These two ingredients give you fuller, plumper hair that is volumized to the max. I also like the inclusion of borage oil in the conditioner because it stimulates hair growth and retention. These ingredients also work to reduce dandruff, which is always a plus. I’m impressed that Brickell has made this conditioner 99% natural and 72% organic. Use this stuff to get back that shine and fullness your hair has been missing.
Amazon-You have to love a company that is more than just products, and that’s what Blackwood is. In addition to offering world-class products, Blackwood also runs a blog that doles out advice on haircare, skincare, and general grooming. I’m all in for any company looking to educate its customers. And Blackwood’s products also deliver fantastic results.
This conditioner is full of premium-grade botanicals that naturally thicken and repair your hair. The licorice root does an excellent job of soothing the scalp, which helps prevent dandruff and itching. Meanwhile, the Tsubaki oil hydrates your hair while also helping it retain moisture in the long run. The unique combination of ingredients makes this Blackwood conditioner a top choice of mine.
Courtesy of Rocky Mountain Barber Company
One neat fact about Rocky Mountain Barber Company is that it only produces in small batches. This ensures top-notch quality in every bottle, since quality control processes are easier to oversee. This method also means that a manufacturer can tweak its formulas until it finds the perfect one.
And if you’re looking to encourage hair growth, this conditioner is outstanding because it includes eucalyptus. The plant’s anti-inflammatory properties calm the scalp, which facilitates hair production. I’m also a fan of the tea tree oil, as it cleans the scalp while helping the body regulate oil. In fact, this product is perfect for oily hair.
Redken—Redken has long been producing high-quality haircare products. More recently, they have launched Redken Brews, a line of products made just for men. I really like this conditioner because it’s incredibly lightweight and suitable for everyday use. On top of that, it makes for a superb detangling conditioner.
This product also contains a malt extract to give your hair an extra bit of strength and toughness. Actually, the malt had me questioning whether this really is a brew or not. The instructions do suggest applying after shampooing, and then rinsing thoroughly, so it’s better to keep this particular brew topical.
Do men really need conditioner?
Yes. Men should absolutely be conditioning their hair. For some reason, many men view the conditioner as a product only needed by the fairer sex. But hair is hair, no matter whose head it’s on. Damage from combing, brushing, styling, UV rays, sweat, and pollution all dry out hair without discrimination. This leads to dull-looking hair that is thin and lacking in volume and shine. Pro tip: that’s not a good look.
Shampoo is terrific for cleaning our hair and ridding it of excess oil, dirt, and anything else that gets caught in its web. But conditioner provides a level of hydration and nourishment of which shampoo alone is simply not capable. Much like lotion, conditioner reintroduces vitamins and other nutrients that our hair naturally loses. Plus, conditioning is a super easy and relatively quick step to add to your haircare routine.
To look and feel your best, there are no shortcuts. So if you’re not already conditioning your hair, I cannot more strongly recommend that you start, even if you have fairly short hair.
How should you properly condition your hair?
Another factor shying men away from conditioning is simply a lack of knowledge as to how conditioning works. While it’s not quite as simple as shampoo, where you wash it out right after putting it in, conditioner is not exactly rocket science.
When using a conditioner, you’ll need to gently massage the product into your hair. Make sure you cover every part of your hair, especially the ends, as hair ends are the most likely part of your hair to become damaged. Once applied, leave the conditioner in your hair for up to two or three minutes. This step is key: you have to let the conditioner’s nutrients sink into your hair for maximum results. To kill some time, you can use soap and/or face wash in between the application and rinse steps.
Now, if you have longer hair and you find that conditioner leaves your hair too greasy, there are some things you can try to stop this from happening. The main thing is not to apply the conditioner directly to your scalp. Instead, start an inch or two away from the scalp and only rub the product into your hair.
For best results, run a comb or brush through your hair while you let the product sit before rinsing. This ensures a full and even coating of product throughout your hair and makes certain that your hair ends get the treatment they need.
Lastly (and this applies to all guys), you don’t necessarily need to condition daily, no matter your hair type or length. It’s okay to take a day or two off in between washes, but make sure you’re conditioning at least a couple of times a week.
Different conditioners for different hair types
As you may have guessed, not all hair types will need the same conditioning treatment. All of our bodies are different, so our needs are different. I obviously cannot give out person-specific advice here, but I have broken down hair into the four most common types and have some general advice depending on which category you fall into.
Thin Hair: If you have thin or fine hair, you’ll likely need a conditioner to thicken your hair up. Nevertheless, you don’t want a conditioner that will be too heavy and hold your hair down. Having well-hydrated hair will make it thicker and give you more volume, so conditioning is going to be super important if you fall into this category.
Be sure to steer clear of any product with sulfates, as these tend to strip our hair and scalp of natural oils that are essential for hair production and health. Do look for conditioners with biotin, a vitamin that helps promote hair growth. You may also want to keep your eye out for a conditioner with mint or menthol, as these ingredients help with vasodilation, increasing hair growth.
Thick Hair: Most guys would be willing to make a deal with the devil to get themselves thick, coarse hair. While having more hair is typically better than having less, those of us with thick hair know that it’s not all a walk in the park. Sometimes, the mane is unruly and difficult to get under control. Thick hair can also frizz up and get a little wild under even just the slightest bit of humidity.
To help maintain your thick locks of lettuce, make sure you get a conditioner that emphasizes hydration and nourishment. The hydration will give you less frizz and more control, so your hairstyle lasts all through the day and night. The nutrients will help ensure that you don’t get any split ends and protect you from breakage and damage.
Dry Hair: If your hair is really dried out, that’s generally a sign that your hair and scalp lack the proper nutrients for a vibrant life. With that said, you don’t need to freak out. Dry hair isn’t a sign of some underlying health condition, and it’s not all that hard to fix the problem.
For one, make sure you get a conditioner that’s loaded with nutrients and vitamins. The more the merrier, in this case. That likely means using a 100% natural product, as such products tend to be filled with vitamins and antioxidants that your hair will instantly absorb. I would also recommend using a conditioner that protects against UV rays. The sun’s beams are a real killer of hair, so protecting yourself against UV light is sure to bring some additional life to your hair.
Beyond conditioner, you can also try to use less shampoo, use cooler water temperatures when washing your hair, and avoid blow drying.
Oily Hair: We have oily hair on the other side of the spectrum. Oily hair represents a huge pain, and more than just being annoying, it can be uncomfortable as well. But if you have oily hair, don’t just settle with wearing a hat all day, every day. Instead, address the problem with a powerful conditioner. Ironically, you may want to try a conditioner that’s rich in tea tree oil or menthol. Many people think the solution to oily hair is to clean your head more often and more vigorously. However, when you clean your head, you strip away your natural oils from your scalp, which can cause your body to send oil production into overdrive. Tea tree oil and menthol remove oils without causing damage and ultimately help your body regulate its natural oil levels.
Which ingredients to avoid in a men’s conditioner?
The usual suspects here are parabens and sulfates. The latter are really aggressive, and they will strip your hair and body of their natural oils. This can be especially damaging to you curly-headed gentlemen out there. Parabens are preservatives that can be found in all kinds of products. While parabens do have the FDA’s seal of approval, they can be harmful to your body.
Polyethylene Glycols (PEG) is another ingredient you may not want to use in your hair. It’s a petrol-based thickening agent that can wreak havoc on your body by stripping away moisture and hydration.
The last ingredient I’ll mention here is phthalates. Phthalates can make it easier to spread a product around, and they are also used to help fragrances stick to your skin. However, they can have wide-ranging and adverse effects to both your health and the environment. When looking for a conditioner, take care to read labeling information to avoid using any of these ingredients.